This past year has been an exciting one for Printa. Since opening in January 2010, the Budapest based screenprinting studio has exhibited numerous works from the likes of the Swiss Urban Salon and Supalife. To celebrate their first birthday, Printa is exhibiting a collection of limited edition serigraphs produced by some of Hungary’s finest contemporary artists.
Exploring the mediums of watercolour painting, street art, photography, drawing and graphic art, the majority of the pieces were produced specifically for the exhibition and were created in the Printa workshop.
Amongst the seven artists involved is András Baranyai with his bold, graphic serigraphs which draw inspiration from 1970’s and 80’s toy robots and spaceships.
“These pieces are remixes of some older graphics of mine with some new elements thrown in. I work mostly with vectors so it’s easy to transfer my graphic elements into different images – it’s fun to experiment and try new combinations.”
Tomi Budha juxtaposes black and white photography with street art in his series of prints which appear at once like a proposal for a future street art ‘installation’ and like a strange fantasy scene where Tomi’s graffiti characters have come to life, peeled themselves off the wall and are running riot in the streets of Hungary.
Klára Petra Szabó counters the more graphic serigraphs of Tomi and András with her series of exquisitely detailed watercolour paintings which explore the themes of mimicry, camouflage and street fashion.
“When people are wearing clothes, we are able to see their style, their mood, or their social status. In this way the clothes become the medium,” explains Klára. “For Readable Clothes I painted models who I asked to wear a t-shirt with text. Every text is personal and holds a message which is important to the model who is wearing it.”
Roham magazine designer Atilla Stark also contributes to the show. Atilla combines naïve-style illustrations with hand rendered typography to produce prints awash with his trademark humour and cheeky innuendo.
Perspectives on Serigraphs runs at Printa til February 09 2011.